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The World According To Vladimir Putin

The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:<p>Moscow's precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong …

Make This Roses in the Snow Cocktail for Valentine's Day

Yes, it's true: even a drink can "say it with flowers." For me, in fact, a drink that hands you the experience of a fresh rose is much more stimulating than the Valentine's Day sales at the corner florist.<p>Hydrosols, which are fragrant waters steam-distilled from flowers, contribute floral aromatics …

10 Healthy, Comforting Slow Cooker Recipes

This winter has already seen its fair share of cold, snowy days. It’s the type of weather that makes me crave warm, wholesome food. At the same time, …

13 Comfort Foods for a Long Winter

The idea that we look to a groundhog for meteorological predictions is endearingly naïve -- as is the fact that, at the tip-top of February, we would expect anything less than 6 more dark, chilly weeks. One of the great mistakes of the Western world: vesting a rodent with such power, never once …

15 Gorgeous Birthday Cakes for Anyone's Big Day

We've rounded up 15 decadent, celebration-worthy cakes, from double banana to chocolate-caramel.<p><b>From mint chip ice cream cakes</b> to a decadent, towering double banana cake, these confections are epic enough for a birthday celebration.

10 Delicious Snow Day Recipes to Make With Kids

When the kids are home on a snow day, they need fun indoor activities to keep busy after sledding. Keep them happy and warm in the kitchen with these simple and delicious recipes.<p><b>1. Soft Pretzels</b><p>These soft pretzels taste just like Auntie Anne's, and they're as much fun to make as they are to eat.</b> …

Indian woman 'raped by two gangs on Christmas Eve'

<b>Police in India say 10 men are in custody, after a 21-year-old woman was raped by two apparently unrelated groups of men on Christmas Eve.</b><p>She was visiting friends in Pondicherry when she was abducted by three men and raped by one of them, officials say.<p>She found her friends after that ordeal but …

23 Most YOLO Pastas Of 2013

Pasta is always perfect. But sometimes it's fun to shake things up a little bit.

Watch the 7 Best Trailers for Fall Cookbooks

From star-studded vignettes to computer-animated epics to outright insanity, our favorite video trailers for fall's new cookbooks<p>Have you heard? Cookbook trailers are officially A Thing™. No, these are not repurposed Airstreams that go around serving food. We're talking movie-trailer-style video …